History & Culture
Park Archives and Records Center, GGNRA, NPS
The Fascinating History of Alcatraz Island
To those that only know the Hollywood version, the rich history of Alcatraz is surprising. Civil War fortress, infamous federal prison, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, and the birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement are just a few of the fascinating stories of the Rock. The following links provide excellent sources for students working on an Alcatraz assignment as well as for those planning a visit and wanting to know more.
For More Information:
We also also compiled a lengthy list of internet links that provide you with additional Alcatraz information from various other sources.